In framework of permanent cooperation with UN bodies our Association communicated with United Nations’ Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, which conduct a thematic study on the issue of elections and enforced disappearances. That thematic study will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2024 and aims at identifying tools that can be used to prevent and respond more effectively to enforced disappearances in the context of elections.

ARC’s submission, prepared by Professor Borys Babin and published at UN web-sources now, describe the Russian war crimes and brutal human rights’ violations, connected with enforced disappearances. ARC also reminded to Working Group on Russian occupiers’ and local collaborators’ “budget” frauds, threats, scam and hate speech connected with the ongoing illegal “presidential elections” at Russia-occupied territories of Ukraine, described in a set of our publications on 2024.

ARC stressed to UN in the submission that “new wave of enforced disappearances and killings is expected during Russia’s preparations for illegal “presidential elections” that will be organized in Russia-occupied territory in February-March, 2024 as Russia-controlled structures promise to local Ukrainian population, especially in Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions that persons who will refuse to participate in such “presidential elections” and to “vote for Putin”, “will disappear forever”.

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